Alvin Ailey was a dance choreographer and activist who founded the Alvin Ailey Dance Theater. He is credited with popularizing modern dance and revolutionizing African-American participation in concert dance.
Growing up, my mother took dance class with Alvin Ailey. Here is a picture of her in NYC.
Alvin Ailey Dance Theater offers numerous dance classes and workshops for those who may not have any dance experience but want to give these classes a try!
I grew up dancing ballet, jazz, tap, and modern dance. So dancing is in my blood! Haha! I’ve been wanting to take a class here at the theater so I finally signed up for the Absolute Beginner Ballet Class.
My dance instructor was Anna Lederfeind, originally from Belgium and is a very prestigious ballet instructor. I enjoyed her teaching our class because she was very personable but she also was very stern and made sure every single person was doing every ballet move correctly.
What’s even more awesome is that we had a pianist playing the piano as we were doing our ballet moves! It was pretty awesome! Made me feel like I was in those ballet classes that you see in movies or on tv!
If you enjoy dancing, Alvin Ailey Dance Theater also offers dance and fitness classes that include Afro-Carribean, Ballet, Capoeira, Contemporary, Dance Fitness/Cardio, Hip Hop Street Styles, Horton, Jazz Theater Dance, Pilates Stretch/Core, Salsa, Samba, Tap, West African Dance, and Yoga!